Coast Guard flotilla to tour ferry operation

CROWN POINT - Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15/13 based in Crown Point will meet with Capt. Heather Stewart, chief of operations for the Lake Champlain Transportation Company, the company operating the Crown Point Ferry.

The meeting, scheduled for Monday, June 21, is designed to familiarize the flotilla with the special needs and operational requirements of the Crown Point Ferries and will include information regarding water depths, transit requirements, as well as suggestions that will assist the auxiliary in its daily patrols of this narrow, busy, marine thoroughfare.

It is expected that Capt. Stewart will escort the flotilla members through the ferry allowing them to see the bridge, the deck area, as well as other working components of the large ferries. This tour and subsequent dialogue, will ensure both organizations having a better working understanding of the auxiliary mission as well as the ferry operations and concerns.

The USCG Auxiliary is an integral part of the USCG. The auxiliary is comprised of civilian members, over age 17, with a knowledge and appreciation or desire to learn boating safety, marine operations as well as other missions tasked by the Coast Guard.

People interested in joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary should contact David Hirtle, flotilla commander, at 597-3398.

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